International Water Association

Games about frontiers: Building skills to negotiate the politics of water

Virtual and role-playing games build real skills to negotiate the high-stakes politics of water. By James Workman In the summer of 2000 at Stockholm Water Week, a half dozen...

Unlocking the humble hydrant

Cities should consider modifying hydrants for civic enrichment. By Owen Weinstein Fire hydrants, like the water within them, are taken for granted until they are...

Perspectives… on prospects for Latin America’s water and sanitation

IWA’s increasing activity in the Latin America region, supported by the the IWA Secretariat's work on water policy and regulation, has included working with...

High and dry: How legalisation of cannabis is impacting local water security

Beyond the arguments over medical benefits, cash crops, and cross-border ‘drug wars’, Montgomery Simus explains how the global footprint of cannabis trafficking is rapidly diversifying, complicating the...

Berlin’s citizens reclaim their river after 100-year ban

The last time swimmers were able to bathe in the River Spree was 1925 when it was closed due to increasing pollution. Jonathan Andrews met...
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Revealing the identity of all wastewater treatment microbes

Work in Denmark has laid the foundations for identifying all the microbes in wastewater treatment systems and anaerobic digesters around the world with the...

Masdar: a paradigm for resource management?

Nick Michell spoke to leading water experts about Masdar’s attempt to become a green hydro city "As one of the most recent attempts at billion-dollar hydro-eco-utopia, what...

Interview: John Beaumont, Chief Digital Officer at Thames Water

You’re the company’s first Chief Digital Officer, which is a relatively new term many corporations have yet to embrace. How do you explain what...

How Africa can leapfrog the world’s stagnant water paradigm

Africa has an unprecedented opportunity to embrace widespread water innovation. IWA is poised to help catalyse this, and to share the lessons globally in...

How utilities can adapt cap and trade for water security

By Newsha Ajami   In 1990, the US established the world’s first ever pollution trading system, popularised as “cap and trade.” Governments sought a new way...

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Fouling and scaling in seawater reverse osmosis desalination

Desalination of seawater with reverse osmosis has grown rapidly. Sergio Salinas looks at tools to address the ongoing challenge of membrane fouling.   Water use has...

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Banks provide update on SDG contributions

The first joint report on the contributions of the 11 multilateral development banks (MDBs) to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has been released, emphasising...